Unfortunately, the depth of the snow in the woods is making course setups trouble for our Clubs and their volunteers. Brentwood regrets having to cancel this weeks shoot, but it is what it is. Please be sure to pass the word around to everyone.
First things first, Thank You to Chester Rod & Gun Club members and others that helped get the course ready for our shoot today. The weather just doesn’t want to let go of winter. The temperature, combined with a strong gusty wind, made this quite a challenge. I saw plenty of young, middle and old attendees today, had two new members sign up for GSB, even had what was without a doubt, the best cup of hot cocoa at the halfway mark thanks to the Chester Team!
Keep an eye on the website for schedule updates, as I fear we are not quite “out of the woods” regarding adjustments. I will post changes immediately when received.
Good to see everyone, Thanks again Chester!
I just received notification that Jim Mulchahey from Chester Rod & Gun Club has indicated the shoot at Chester for March 22nd is going to be held on schedule! There may be some compromises regarding the course and target location due to snow conditions that they may need to work around, but the shoot is on.
Thank you Jim!
Unfortunately, hope isn’t getting us back on the circuit this week as Westford notified us that they will not be able to host the March 8th shoot date due to snow. Too bad, but no one can blame them. The woods even up here are full of with and plenty of depth. Keep checking the website as I will get the shoot schedule updated over the next day or so.
To all. ECSA has to cancel our 3D shoot on Mar 1st ’15. This weather is killing us !!
Everything is buried, targets, stakes etc. Lets hope the weather breaks soon.
Gus Hoaglund, delegate
Lone Pine has also been forced to cry “uncle”! It has been one heck of a winter so far, but it will be getting better soon and we’ll all get back to what we all are looking for. Friends and competition.
Copied from the Forum area of our website regarding the 2/15 event:
The South Fitchburg Hunting and Fishing Club will have to cancel this weekend shoot! We can’t get the the snow machine through the course because of the snow!
I’m very sorry to be so late telling you this, but we were hoping to get it open.
All are disappointed, but under the recent (and upcoming) barrage of storm after storm, it isn’t a surprise that there has been a cancellation, our 2nd of the season. South Fitchburg has developed a reputation for putting on a bang up breakfast, but this weekend I’ll have to fend for myself. Don’t forget your sweethearts and loved ones this Saturday! Hopefully Gary can get the Lone Pine open for us next weekend and we’ll see everyone soon.
This post is copied directly from the Forums:
Gentlemen, ECSA has to cancel our 3D shoot on 8 Feb ’15. Snow is the issue. Paths to targets has 3′-6″ of snow cover. We don’t have the man power to remove & clear the trails to the targets. This is very upsetting for us. This is the first time we have had to do this. Not like us !!!
So sorry guys. The 8th is an open date for another club to pic up.
We also have another event on the same day, ECSA Fishing Derby which was postponed from last weekend, due to snow, to the 8th Feb ’15.
So sorry again. see U all on 8 March ’15
Thank U all !
To all who traveled on the 18th. Things got pretty tricky on our way home, and I don’t think it mattered which direction you were heading. I truly hope all made it safely both Sunday and each day that followed to their destinations. We are not the weather forecasters, but hopefully this weekend has fewer surprises in store as we shoot at Chester.
One piece of news that has come from the first GSB meeting of 2015 is that at the end of this year, Jim B. will be retiring from the Treasurers position. We will be seeking a member that has an interest in volunteering their services in the GSB Treasurers role for 2016. This will require that they make contact with us prior to the middle of the shooting calendar for review by the GSB Board and Member Clubs. First contact should be addressed to our President, Mark Patton at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Thanks to the crew at the South Fitchburg Hunting and Fishing Club for hosting the event on Sunday the 11th. We had a great time, good food with excellent kitchen service, and from the looking at the parking lot, the turnout was pretty good considering it was several degrees below zero when we arrived at 7:00! The number of traditional shooters was quite good and it was a pleasure seeing so many of our archery family get out into the field again. Rumor has it that one of the South Fitchburg GSB Representatives may have been attending a child birthing. Congratulations if that was the case.
Essex County Sportsman’s Association is next on the calendar, weather is looking a bit less extreme than it was today, let’s keep our fingers crossed as the week progresses.
Have a good week and safe travel. Make an effort to invite someone to the GSB 3D Shoots and let’s see how high we can drive the membership this year!